UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, November 19, 2002 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30
p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T.
Floyd, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Mark Griffith,
Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Dwayne Massey, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Jim
Shelton, Mr. Jim Todd, and Dr. Bill Ward.
II. Approval of October 15, 2002 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the October 15, 2002,
minutes by Mr. Todd and seconded by Dr. Ward. The minutes passed unanimously.
III. Old Business
Paid Maternity Leave – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Janis Beaird said that the Deans’ Council has
asked for information from the staff members concerning this issue. The Staff
Senate will place this on their agenda in December.
Retirement System Visit – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Janis Beaird said that a representative was on
campus today, November 19, 2002. She also announced that VALIC will be on
campus on December 2 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Bibb Graves 205. Jennifer
Schiller will be the representative from VALIC. Appointments may be made
outside the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. time period by calling (205) 296-5574.
IV. New Business
Benefit Elect – Mr. Alan J. Chappelle
Dr. Janis Beaird introduced Alan J. Chappelle of
Chappelle Consulting Group and Benefit Elect plan. He spoke to the Senate about
the University’s Flex-benefit plan. He first discussed the current
participation levels at UWA. He specifically explained a new benefit to the
participants in the medical reimbursement plan. The Flex Convenience debit card
is like a bankcard except it can only be used for medical expenses or dependent
child care expenses. The maximum amount that one can place on the card is
$2000. The card is viable for three years. According to Chappelle this card
increases the participant’s spending power, reduces paperwork for the
participant, and increases participant satisfaction with the plan. Convenience
Card is part of the MasterCard system. Chappelle noted that MasterCard is
charging an additional $1.50 per month ($18 per year) for this service. This
cost is being passed on to the participant through Chappelle Consulting Group.
This cost would be paid by the University if the Card is approved as part of the
Flex-benefit package. Mr. Chappelle explained that if the card is lost or
stolen the card has the same protection as a MasterCard. He also said that
receipts for drug store charges will still need to be turned in to ensure that
the correct expenses are being deducted from the card. Charges related to
co-pay charges do not require receipts. Chappelle also noted that the
introduction of the card has brought about increased participation in the
flex-benefit plans. Mr. Chappelle distributed literature to Senate members about
the Flex Convenience debit card. Dr. Beaird asked that Senate representatives
distribute information to their faculty members. Mr. Chappelle also said that
the brochures could be used for payroll stuffers. Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Mark
Griffith and Dr. Richard Schellhammer highly encouraged participation in the
plan. They have all been pleased with the plan. Dr. Beaird noted that the
convenience card is on the agenda for the next President’s Council.
Academic Affairs-Dr. David Taylor
Dr. Janis Beaird announced that Dr. Taylor will
speak at the January Senate meeting.
ACUFP Report – Dr. R.T. Floyd
Dr. Janis Beaird asked Dr. R.T. Floyd to summarize
the ACUFP meeting held this past weekend at Troy State Dothan. Dr. Floyd has
been re-elected president of ACUFP. Dr. Floyd distributed a handout entitled
Tentative ACUFP Feedback and Presentation to ACHE PLG. Dr. Floyd said that
anyone wishing to add to this document needs to send him their concerns by
December 5. He will present the concerns and comments to ACHE on December 16.
Dr. Floyd entertained suggestions and comments about the handout. Dr. Floyd
noted that the group was very interested in having more input from faculty on
the PLG. He closed by saying that he wants to go to Montgomery with a good
Dr. Janis Beaird said that she presented the
possibility of moving the drop date back, to the Deans’ Council. The Council
has asked Mrs. Pat Reedy to discuss any financial aid obligations that might
hinder such a move. Mrs. Reedy has been asked to attend the next Deans’ Council
meeting, so that the issue may be discussed further.
Dr. Floyd announced that the University’s web page
was updated in August. Dr. Floyd said he will be sending an email asking for
faculty to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the web page. These
comments will be used to determine needed changes to the web page. He hopes to
make these changes by the first of the year. He stressed the committee’s
desire for feedback. Dr. Floyd noted the need to update faculty web pages. He
added that he is willing to help faculty with this project.
With no other business, Dr. Janis Beaird asked for a
motion to adjourn. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec moved that the meeting adjourn. The
motion was seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:35.